This is an analysis of the poem The Ideal that begins with:

Spirit of Dreams! When many a toilsome height
Shut paradise from exiled Adam’s sight, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccbbddeefdbbgghheeiibj kkddaaggeeggllffcc mmfffXennffffbbbb iibbffaaaabbffnn ggiigXeeddaa ccaaeeeebjbccbbbddmm bbooiiggggffmmaamm
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 26,18,17,16,12,20,18,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 10011100101 1101011101 110100101101 1101010001 0111010111 1101010101 1101111001 1001011101 1011010101 1001101100101 1100100111 1001011101 1101010101 1111010101 1101010110 0011011111 01010110101 1001000101 0111011101 00100100001 0111110101 0101011101 0111010101 1100000101 111111011 010111011100 1101011111 111100101001 1001001101 1101001101 1101011101 1101010001 01010111110 11110101010 1001011101 1011000101 111100100101 1111010101 01110001101 1001010101 1011110011 11010100101 0101101001 000101111101 1111110111 1111110101 1111110101 11011010001 11011001100101 100101010 0011010101 1011111101 1010110101 1111000101 1101010101 11010101110 11010011010 11001110101 1101110101 11001011111 0100010111 1101010101 1101001101 1001110001 1101010101 10110100101 11011100100 11110011101 0101111001 1101010101 0101100101 10010001011 1111010101 1111010101 1001110101 010010011011 010101010011 110100100101 1110110101 1001010101 1101010101 1101011101 11110000110 11001110101 0101010101 1101110011 1101110101 1101000101 1101100100 1111011101 0101011101 0101110111 11010010001 1101010101 1001110101 111110100101 101111001001 11001110100 100101100100 110101111101 1101011101 1111010101 1101011101 1101010111 100111110111 11110001101 110111011001 1011111101 1011010101 1001111101 1111011101 1101110111 1111010101 1101011101 110101110010 1111010111 1111011001 1100010101 1111111101 11110101001 1101010100 11010111001 1111011001 1101011001 10010110101 1101110101 10111010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 828
  • Average number of words per stanza: 145
  • Amount of lines: 127
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; from, some, and, what, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words from, hath, what, when are repeated.

    The author used the same word o at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of The Ideal;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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